Today is a good day if you’re looking to buy a Kindle: Amazon is offering a 20% discount on a number of Kindle models.
Boy Genius Report got its hands on some pics of the of the alleged new 7-inch Kindle Fire HD. If these are real, expect a completely redesigned tablet to be announced in the coming weeks.
Citing unidentified sources, BGR claims it has the specs for the new Kindle Fire HD tablets that Amazon (s AMZN) is likely to launch this fall with higher resolution screens. According to BGR: The tablets will feature Qualcomm (s QCOM) Snapdragon 800 chips, and the 8.9-inch model will add a rear-facing camera, in addition to the front-facing one. Plus, both the basic Kindle Fire and the two Kindle Fire HDs will reportedly come with three different storage options.
Amazon and Barnes & Noble both dropped prices on tablets in the U.K. and Europe this week.
Amazon launched the Kindle Paperwhite and Kindle Fire HD in China on Friday and its digital bookstore has quickly jumped from 25,000 to 47,000 titles in the past six months.
Amazon is making its Kindle Fire HD tablets broadly available internationally, with preorders shipping in June. The tablets were already available in Europe and Japan.
Looking for a low-cost, small Android tablet? There are several choices and now there’s one more: Acer’s Iconia Tab A110 launches by month-end for $229.99. Before you get too excited, though, look at the display, which has a lower resolution screen than competing products.
Apple’s iPad Mini isn’t yet a real product: It hasn’t been announced yet. However, that may change soon with talk of an upcoming event. And now there is a retail inventory system reportedly showing tablet pricing in 4 different storage capacities with Wi-Fi and cellular.
The first reviews of Amazon’s new Kindle Fire HD are in, and they’re…well, mixed would probably be the best way to put it. The Wall Street Journal’s Walt Mossberg was downright tepid on the device, calling it an improvement over the first generation Kindle Fire but still nowhere close to Apple’s iPad. The New York Times’ David Pogue was positively scathing in his review, noting, “The Fire HD has no camera on the back, no GPS navigation, no speech recognition, no to-do list or notes app. It trails the iPad in thickness, screen size, screen sharpness, Web speed, software polish and app availability. It can only dream of the iPad’s universe of accessories, cases and docks.” That’ll singe. Not every review was negative, however. At TechCrunch, John Biggs pointed out, correctly in my view, that the Fire is not really meant to compete directly with the iPad. Rather, it’s an extension of Amazon’s overall digital strategy, and in his view a pretty good one. The Verge calls it a “tidy package” if not quite “cutting edge.” As always, your mileage may vary.
Amazon’s big press event announced four new Kindles, an e-reader as well as a a feature called Kindle Serials, which will bring old-school serialized publications to the e-reader age.